Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
I've come to really like the Urban Chestnut beers after avoiding them for some time. Maybe I overlooked them because they come in such large bottles (22 ounces) and are sold either by single bottles or 4 packs unlike most beers in 6 packs. But this beer is really good.
From the Riverfront Times, 20 Tiny Restaurants You Should Have Tried By Now. The first one on the list is Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium which is 2 minutes from the Seminary campus on Big Bend near the entrance to Highway 40/64. I'd agree completely with the greatness of this place and it is very tiny. It isn't the kind of place you get your order and then sit down to eat unless it's summer and the outside tables are in place. But the food is fantastic.
Many of the others we've never been to or even heard of, especially Milque Toast which serves up all kinds of things on...toast. Seedz is on Rosebury just off Demun and the seminary often gives them many of our herbs for their vegan dishes in the growing season.
The East-Rite Diner is on the list! That's been around forever, know for their Slingers.
And many more on the list worthy of trying. But as per usual, no places from the Metro East.
Y98's Lance Hilldebrand's tally of ladders and mattresses landing on St Louis highways is now: Ladders 27 Mattresses 20.
But today he reports that a lawnmower is sitting in the westbound lanes of I-70 near the Blanchette Bridge. I can't even imagine what it must be like to driving along during the morning rush hour and come across a lawnmower.
I guess there may be an added item to his weekly tallies now.
Founded in 1764 by Pierre Laclede Linguest who received a land grant from the king of France. He and his 13 year old scout, Auguste Chouteau, chose this site as a fur trading post. Those two names are certainly still very prominent today.
KSDK posted two photos yesterday in recognition of this birthday and they are both absolutely gorgeous pictures. Sadly the name of the photographer or photographers are not mentioned, they deserve it.
The St. Louis local news was quite thrilled this morning as they announced that we made the list of the Best cities to live in the United States. Yesterday we learned that Kruta Bakery in Collinsville made the top ten list of the best bakeries in Illinois which was really exciting to see and so well deserved. What's always annoyed me was the lack of interest in this metro east bakery by St. Louis food writers. But thankfully people doing statewide checking realized the gem Collinsville has.
Anyway. With that story in mind I was interested in the new city living list, believing that the excitement from the Fox2 news people meant St. Louis got some good press. But in the end, the U.S. News and World Report story has St. Louis as number 65 on the list of best cities to live in America. We're 65! Austin is number 1 and the rest of the top 5 are Denver, San Jose, Washington D.C, and Fayetteville Arkansas.
Seriously, we're number 65 and Arkansas has a number 5? Many western US cities are high on the list.
This is interesting if you have to navigate St. Louis interstates regularly. KSDK tested 3 traffic apps on the same morning with 3 news people. The station randomly selected a commute from St. Louis County to downtown St. Louis where all three of the apps suggested a different route. The apps were, Waze, Google map and iPhone app.
Waze directions made the 25 mile trip 38 minutes which was the shortest of the 3. IPhone was second with a 45 minute trip and Google map came in last with a commute of over an hour. "Waze and the iPhone app, in our test, provided more feedback on road conditions, in real time, compared to the Google app. The Waze app relies on information from other drivers, which can result in speedier updates on slow-downs and back-ups."
I've been using a KMOV traffic app which has quite a bit of detail but I think I'll download the Waze as a backup.
St. Louis has two free food magazines, Feast and Sauce. Each of these hits various restaurant or grocery store shelves located just outside the business on the first of each month. They are stacked among real estate brochures and the Ladue News etc. I've always looked forward to bringing them home and reading about the latest news in restaurants and food trends around the metro area.
Unfortunately Feast changed their format a year or two ago and now the content covers not just the St. Louis area but all of out state Missouri and the Kansas City metro area. In reality most of Feast has nothing much about St. Louis anymore. Maybe the publisher knows something I don't know, that local food news has nothing new to report. But frankly, how many of us are going to be eating at a place in Springfield Missouri or Kansas City? Lots of locals have kids at Mizzou so covering Columbia makes sense, but Purdy Missouri? I doubt it.
I'm just disappointed. And, there is a whole nother world on the Illinois side of St. Louis which is given only glancing attention.
Thankfully Sauce has continued it's tradition of being a St. Louis food magazine, but I've noticed they have become smaller with less content. With Feast I'd guess it's advertising revenue from expanding west to Kansas and also why Sauce is thinner these days.
What I like about Sauce's website is the menu at the top which lets you find a St. Louis Restaurant by location, type of food, location, name, or with an alphabetical list. That's helpful when we want to go out to eat and can't decide where.
Going back to the neglect of the Metro East in the food world is this 10 Best Spots for Gooey Butter Cakes in St. Louis. Kruta's in Collinsville should definitely have been on this list but once again St. Louis food writers avoid Illinois like the plague. So it was that one of the comments to this story brought Kruta Bakery into the mix. Thank you commenter Rachelle!
This morning a ladder fell onto the middle lane of eastbound interstate 44 at near the Salisbury exit. Yesterday a mattress fell onto eastbound 364 at 94. So the tally now stands at Mattresses 14, ladders 11.